March 28, 2024
Job Type
Short Summary
Working under the direction of the Trust catering manager and the school chef, the catering assistant would support in the delivery of the menu in this brand-new, purpose-built school, River Academy.
£23,500 - £23,893 Annually. (FTE) Actual £13,447 to £13,672
Working Pattern
Part time, permanent
Closing Date
April 22, 2024


Hours: 25 hours per week, term time only plus 2 days.

Maiden Erlegh Trust operates an in-house catering function, delivering high quality and nutritious food to students within our schools. Working under the direction of the Trust catering manager and the school chef, the catering assistant would support in the delivery of the menu in this brand-new, purpose-built school, River Academy. By providing excellent care and services to students, the successful candidate will support to grow the catering operations of this brand-new school and will support the Trust to implement its sustainability objectives relating to catering operations.

In the first year, the school will open to 187 students and this will rise to 1,200 11-18 students and an additional resource base of 35 students when full. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a small and dedicated school team, to get to know our very first cohort of students and to help them through their learning journey at the school to achieve their potential.

In the early years, we are looking for staff who are willing to be flexible to support the needs of students, and other stakeholders, and to meet the operational needs of the school. This will provide excellent opportunities for staff to develop new skills and gain experience in a variety of areas.

The successful candidate will be: 

  • Friendly and professional in their interactions with the catering team, students and staff.
  • Able to operate the till system efficiently to enable students to pass through service quickly, maximising the time that they can spend outside or engaged in other lunchtime activities.
  • Confident working in a busy kitchen and possess prior experience of working in a similar setting.
  • Reliable.  Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to work to the highest standards of food safety and follow HSE requirements.
  • Capable of moderate physical activity (lifting pans, standing).
  • Willing to undertake training to support their own professional development and the operational needs of a growing school.

We are looking for someone who has:  

  • Customer service experience.
  • Previous catering experience, preferably within a School, high volume restaurants or contract catering environment.
  • A current Food hygiene qualification, or a willingness to undertake training.
  • Experience of the Food standards and H&S requirements of a school catering setting, including catering for special dietary requirements and allergies.
  • The ability to develop positive and caring relationships with children.
  • A high level of professionalism, with respect for others, and a positive attitude.
  • The school will be a part of the successful Maiden Erlegh Trust who currently operate eight other schools in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. The Trust has a reputation for driving high standards and excellence in all its schools, with a strong track record of outcomes and improving OFSTED grading.

Our People Development Curriculum provides professional development pathways for every role within the Trust, both teaching and support staff, through which staff can tailor CPD to their own needs.

We have a proven track record of supporting ambitious staff in to middle and senior leadership posts and can offer opportunities to broaden your impact on the sector through the work of the Maiden Erlegh Institute. We are very happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including part-time working and job-sharing.

If you would like to know more about this role, please contact the school directly.

Closing date: Midnight 22 April 2024

Interviews: 30 April 2024

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as the Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint before the closing date.

 Maiden Erlegh Trust is committed to safeguarding, equality and promoting the welfare of children and staff. We are also committed to being ambitious for all and supporting everyone to reach their full potential. All employees of the Trust are expected to share these commitments. All posts require satisfactory employment checks and references and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check.

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